OP: 「君の神話〜アクエリオン第二章」 (Kimi no Shinwa ~Aquarion Dai Ni-shou) by AKINO with bless4
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「トキメキ指数☆急上昇」 (Tokimeki Shisuu ☆ Kyuujoushou)
“Excitement Index ☆ Sudden Rise”
Forget chastity belts, the students at Neo Deava have to overcome the freaken Berlin Wall if they want any chance of hooking up with the opposite sex. It’s well worth the effort though, as there’s a sea of sexually deprived girls on the other side who are craving some mixed unions. I jest of course, but I said back in the one-hour premiere that the feverish start and subsequent mini conclusion would be hard to follow up, so I have to hand it to the writers for using the school’s strict rules against co-ed interactions in any shape or form to drive the comedy in this third episode.
Rather than try and outdo themselves, the writers dialed the tension all the way back and injected silly moments throughout. There was Amata sticking his head up Mikono’s skirt and then “impressing” all the ladies with his ultimate Aquaria dogeza (i.e. prostration) begging for forgiveness — which surprisingly worked. With that angle of approach, the end result was pretty entertaining to watch, especially with the reactions of the teachers, Donar (Suwabe Junichi) and Suomi (Kobayashi Sanae). It wasn’t completely devoid of progression either with Cayenne revealed to be Mikono’s older brother and Andy W. Hall (Toriumi Kousuke) befriending Amata thanks to his stupid ways. We were also better introduced to the other girls in Zessica’s squad, Mix (Fujimura Ayumi) and Sazanka (Nakajima Megumi), who have polar-opposite stances when it comes to mingling with guys. (Hurray for Megumi’s character; Boo for Ayumi’s, at least until someone “mixes” her up in a union with guys.)
If nothing else, this episode was a great example of how to switchover to the school life side of a series and have fun with it while not drastically losing sight of the overarching story. In that sense, we have Shrade (Namikawa Daisuke) made out as a popular yet weak-bodied Element user with the most potential, and Mykage (Nakamura Yuuichi) as a slumbering Shadow Angel whom I presume is the reincarnation of Touma. There was also some foreshadowing on what the supreme commander from Altea, Izumo Kamurogi (Yasumoto Hiroki), might be after but not a whole lot to go on just yet. The most telling bits actually come from the really awesome opening sequence, where we see more of the girl from Amata’s memories whom Jin (Fukushima Jun) also has his sights on and more of the rivalry between Amata and Kagura that sort of supports the idea that they’re the two reincarnated halves of Apollonius. For the time being, all of that is more than enough to keep my interest hooked, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Mikono gets drawn into everything next time. Seeing as she ends up piloting a Vector like Amata, I can’t see her remaining powerless for much longer.
ED: 「月光シンフォニア」 (Gekkou Symphonia) by AKINO & AIKI from bless4
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